That’s right. If you can believe it, August is here and families are already thinking about kids going back to school. While this may be a relief for some, it can also be a stressful time as families begin to think about how to provide all the tools and clothes necessary for school success.
Backpacks, pens/pencils, notepaper, clothes, shoes, and jackets are costly and sometimes difficult to purchase on a tight budget. Here are some helpful ideas that can help ease your kids back into the school routine with the necessary supplies and hopefully, help you feel less financial stress this back-to-school season.
School Supplies: Backpacks, Notepads, Pencils, Etc.:
- Salvation Army (Burlington) – Provides free school supplies including backpacks to income eligible families. Also provides clothing vouchers to be used at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
- Milton Family Community Center (Milton) – Program provides a free school backpack and essential school supplies to income eligible families.
- Franklin/Grand Isle Schools – Through partnership with Franklin/Grand Isle United Way, Franklin/Grand Isle Schools provide a FREE school back pack filled with school supplies. Parents must
contact the Guidance office at the school to apply.
- Check with your child’s school/Guidance Office to see if they have an internal program for students.
Low Cost Clothing:
- Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) Burlington – Provides clothing vouchers to be used at the Possibility Shop, a clothing thrift shop at 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington.
- The Shalom Shuk at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue (Burlington) – Offers reasonably priced clothing at 188 North Prospect St., Burlington Sunday through Friday 11am-3pm.
- Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church (Burlington) – Provides clothing at reasonable prices, located in the basement next to the Parish Hall, 305 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, and Tuesday 10am-1pm and Thursdays 10am-4pm.
- Heavenly Cents Thrift Shop (Essex Junction) – Sells low-cost clothing, 37 Main Street, Tuesday/Wednesday 10am-3pm, Thursday 4pm-8pm, and 2nd Saturday of the month, 12pm-2pm.
- HOPE Retroworks (Middlebury) – Sells new and used low-cost clothing, household items, and computers, Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm.
- Salvation Army (Burlington and St. Albans locations) – Provides used clothing at low-cost and accepts clothing vouchers from Salvation Army, Main St. in Burlington).